Each year California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring the first full week of May as “Wildfire Preparedness Week”, previously declared Wildfire Awareness Week (WAW). This year during the week of May 5-11, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state will remind residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them. Despite getting some much-needed rain this winter, we’re not out of the woods yet. 

Wildfire Preparedness Week Events

Monday, May 6, 2019
1:30 p.m. - CAL FIRE Aviation Management Unit
5500 Price Ave., McClellan, CA 95652 (Sacramento County)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Orange County Fire Authority, Fullerton Municipal Airport, Station 41
3900 Artesia, Fullerton, CA, 92833 (Orange County)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Ventura County Fire, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065 (Ventura County)

Thursday, May 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. - CAL FIRE / USFS Air Attack Base
6101 Airport Rd., Redding, CA 96002 (Shasta County)

Thursday, May 9, 2019
2:30 p.m. - Marin County Fire, The Buck Institute
8001 Redwood Bvld., Novato, CA 94945 (Marin County)

Friday, May 10, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Gillespie Helitack Base
1745 North Marshall Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 (San Diego County)

Ready, Set, Go!
With fire activity already above average, Californians should remember “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Being Set by having an evacuation plan and Wildfire Action Plan. Lastly, when a wildfire strikes put your evacuation plan in effect and Go!; evacuate early.  Learn more by clicking here.

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire
Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment. Use powered equipment before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. When clearing dead or dying grass don’t use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground like trailer chains. All residents and vacationers need to be extra cautious outdoors because one less spark means one less wildfire. Learn more by clicking here.

Tree Mortality–Prepare for Bark Beetle
Over 29 million trees have died in the past year in California due to the drought and infestation of bark beetles, prompting Governor Brown to commence a Tree Mortality Task Force. Be sure to remove dead trees from your property to reduce the spread of bark beetles.  Learn more by clicking here.